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In the words of Jesse Owens:

"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."

Remember; “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

 

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Dorchester Marathon Rocks!

A bit of a delay in writing this one up but in brief another weekend and another marathon but of course this was no normal road marathon! Over the years of Blogging I have extolled the virtues of White Star Running events; Giants Head Marathon, The Ox,...

Time to Reassess, Re-evaluate...

It’s amazing how your life can change direction so suddenly and without warning, the last 7 weeks have certainly been a roller-coaster of emotions but as they say worse things happen at sea so it’s time to get back on track and Blog again!  My last Blo...

Not the Blog I expected to wr...

My Blogs are normally full of anecdotes and humorous tales, regrettably this one is more of a sorry tale however on a positive note it is a lot shorter than my normal ramblings! Brighton Marathon was my target race and I had been following a new trainin...

Grizzly 20 miler; Pain is ine...

So what’s it all about!  Well it’s twentyish muddy, hilly, boggy, beachy miles of the multiest-terrain running experience you will find this side of the end of time. So what’s it all about? Well, it’s by no means the toughest race around; indeed, some s...

Did we break Malta or did Mal...

Somehow over the years I have taken on the mantle of organising our annual Chippenham Harriers jolly abroad, the organisation of it does have its moments of me screaming but once we’re there the fun and laughter really does more than make up for it!  Ba...

So how long did it take until...

Another week and another road race, what are my Blogs coming to!  All this sensible training, running and racing; so un-Libbyesque!  Last Sunday was my first 20 miler of this marathon training schedule and an old favourite, if you can call it that; Bram...

Still not sure about this rac...

If you’re only familiar with my running anecdotes of recent years then you’ll only be aware of the varying sagas of my marathons and ultras!  Before then the half marathon was my distance of choice having run 50 of the blighters by 2012, not bad conside...

A Weekend of Firsts! Never s...

It’s never too late to do something for the first time and last weekend, for me, was no exception! First was a parkrun!  Now I have been registered and had my barcode printed off for years, many a time I have extolled the virtues of the parkrun, in many...

Great things are not done by ...

I am not one to make New Year’s Resolutions every year as invariably they eventually get broken.  The last resolution I made was to give blood which I still do as and when I can, basically when training allows.  However after my lack of any structure wi...

Parts of me froze that I didn...

Well I do have previous for madcap adventures and this festive period was no exception, however this time David was my ‘willing’ partner in crime! Last year some of you may recall we took part in a New Year’s Day swim in the tropical waters of Cornwall,...

That Was The Year That Was An...

So where did the last 12 months go?!  For me it seems to have been a blur of marathons and ultras!  As always there have been lots of highs and lows; an average year for a long distance runner I guess you could say!  I have had some spectacular falls an...

Another rocky road, this time...

Well I think I’m bored of myself saying in 2016 that marathon training has not gone to plan!  I just about remember the time when I followed a marathon training plan with just a few hiccups along the way, those were the days!  This year I have been hamp...

Lycra is out but night-gowns ...

It’s been a while since my last Blogging tale of when I’d twisted my ankle by throwing myself down the Mendips through nettles and brambles!  Fortunately since then life has been less dramatic and quieter, hence the lack of Blogs with my normal tales of...

A zip, trip & slip on the ups...

The Mendip Marauder was a lesson learnt in not getting complacent and one I will not forget!  It doesn’t matter how many marathons/ultras you’ve already done the next race will still always be a test of your endurance so the distance and terrain must fo...

Time for some new experiences!

It is sadly too true that as we get older time seems to slip by much quicker, especially say when compared to our childhood summers which seemed to be never-ending!  Apparently this isn't just an observation but a result of the way our brains process in...

Feeling strong at the Chilter...

I may not have threatened the front runners or even the middle field runners with my presence at the Chilterns 50km Challenge but for once I felt strong throughout a race and walked, well hobbled away, from the finish feeling happy, confident and rejuve...
Thesaurus wordlist for ‘Frolic’; Run, Romp, Frisk, Play, Skip and Scramble Thesaurus wordlist for ‘Caper’; Cavort, Dance, Prance, Gambol, Jump and Leap All the above really does pretty much sum up my weekend at The Giants Head Marathon except for I have...

If Carlsberg organised weeken...

I was fearing that not only had I lost my capability to run anything beyond a shuffle that I had also lost my ability to Blog!  Fortunately an amazing Realbuzzers weekend has inspired me to not only Blog again but has also possibly motivated me to perha...

Never say Never! The Trier T...

I know I have always vowed that I would never enter a Triathlon and I guess if I hadn’t have met David then this statement would have still rung true!  However if I blamed David for making me enter a Triathlon I know he, in turn, could blame me for nume...

Be careful what competitions ...

Back in December Athletics Weekly were running a daily on-line advent calendar competition which gave you the chance to win a different prize every day in the run up to Christmas.  The sceptical side of me always thinks that these competitions are a bit...

The Jurassic Coastal Challeng...

The Jurassic Coastal Challenge, it’s definitely a challenge not a race!  So what is the JCC?  The website sells it as ‘Run, walk or crawl a marathon a day for 3 days along the stunning Jurassic Coastal Path. Runners, joggers and walkers all take on the ...

Don’t give up….it can be alri...

Preface So for some background information first!  Last weekend was my 15th trip with Running Crazy and my 6th one I had organised as an annual Chippenham Harriers Crazy Tour!  On my own I have gone to some amazing places such as Budapest, Prague, Riga,...

Consistently Inconsistent!

Well that’s the only consistent thing I can say about my training and running that is it’s been consistently inconsistent!  I have never known my training to be so bad however it’s not from the want of trying, and I know I can by ‘trying’ at the best of...

Out of practice, a schoolgirl...

One thing has been consistent and that is my training has been anything but consistent!  What with the dreaded lurgy (an unspecified or indeterminate illness) and my bike crash (a violent collision, typically of a person and the pavement) training has h...